Heather Watson beats world No 9 Dominika Cibulkova at Eastbourne in huge boost ahead of Wimbledon

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World No 126 Brit won in straight sets to move into third round of Aegon International

HEATHER WATSON notched one of the biggest wins of her career by dumping world No 9 Dominika Cibulkova out of Eastbourne.

Watson, whose ranking of No 126 left her needing a wildcard to get into the Wimbledon main draw next week, won 7-5 6-4 to move into the third round of the Aegon International.

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Heather Watson celebrated a stunning win at Eastbourne on Monday

Heather Watson beat world No 9 Dominika Cibulkova

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Heather Watson beat world No 9 Dominika Cibulkova

The British No 3 had only once before beaten a top 10 player, when she overcame Agnieszka Radwanksa, then the world No 8, in Indian Wells in March 2015.


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Watson said: “It doesn’t really matter who I am playing against just now. I just want to get through rounds to the latter stages of tournaments.

“I was really pleased to get to the final of Surbiton, even though it was a 100k, I was proud of myself. I’m just glad to be winning consecutive matches in a tournament here.

“She is a great player, great competitor. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. She really pushed me at the end there and I got shaken a little.


Heather Watson won in straight sets on the grass courts of Devonshire Park

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Heather Watson won in straight sets on the grass courts of Devonshire Park

Heather Watson moved into the third round of the Aegon International with her win on Monday

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Heather Watson moved into the third round of the Aegon International with her win on Monday

Heather Watson needed a wild card to get into Wimbledon next week after falling out of the top 100 in the world

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Heather Watson needed a wild card to get into Wimbledon next week after falling out of the top 100 in the world

“I kept fighting and I was able to close it out. That gave me a lot of confidence.”

There was further British success when Cameron Norrie, who has also been given a wildcard into the first round at Wimbledon, beat world No 49 Horacio Zeballos to claim his first ATP Tour-level win.

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